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#66: Advice For Italian Boys by Anne Giardini

Nicolo’s older and younger brothers seem to have their lives in focus. Nicolo works hard, saves his money, respects his parents and his nonna, but he is still living at home in his early 20s, his life as unformed as gelato. If only he knew which direction to take. His father wants him to study. His mother hints that he should to start a family of his own. Nonna’s advice is emphatic but mysterious.
      Filomena Pavone, Nonna to her family, watches over and advises her grandsons by day, and dreams by night of her youth in the southern Italian village of Arduino—its dusty narrow streets, its fragrant flowers, her first forbidden kisses. No one knows or remembers this other Filomena, and her surrendered life of passion and love. But her spirit still glows inside her like banked coals.
      Beloved by readers and critics alike, Advice for Italian Boys resonates and surprises. Anne Giardini reveals how life’s most intense moments arise unexpectedly, and how, like Nicolo, we must glean the advice we need to live our lives from wellintentioned but often misguided friends, family and strangers.



  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (March 16, 2010)
  • ISBN: 9781554680320



About the Author

Anne Giardini is a lawyer and writer. A former columnist for the National Post, she has written numerous essays and articles on a wide range of subjects. Her bestselling first novel, The Sad Truth About Happiness, was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the 2007 Audie Award, honoring excellence in audio publishing. She currently sits on the board of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Giardini lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and three children.

REVIEW:
Meh.
Most of this book, I wasn't feeling at all. It was just a story to me, until we got to Zoe's part about 200 pages in, and I was interested in something. 
Don't get me wrong, it has the most beautiful, descriptive writing. It's just that the story doesn't really go anywhere. These characters live,eat, sleep, work, go to school, love, just like we do. It still didn't work for me though. I felt like the story was missing something.
It kind of sucks that smaller character had a bigger impact on me than the main character of the book's focus. 
I did like the 'old country' proverbs. Especially with both English and Italian translations for each one. Those alone were worth reading the story for. Each one was quite deep and thought-provoking. 
So while this wasn't my cup of espresso, it may be more to your tastes. It's one of those cases where you can't knock it till you try it.

2/5


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Comments

  1. too bad about the beginning

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  2. A lot of mainstream fiction strikes me like that. Even when it's got some great lines and some subterranean interest through the themes, I prefer genre writing.

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  3. Not really my cup of tea, but thanks for sharing, Freda.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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